"Vichy Springs is a unique 150-year-old historic hot springs resort only two hours north of downtown San Francisco. Vichy offers the only naturally warm and carbonated Vichy mineral baths in North America."We come here at least once a year. The last time was October 2006.
This is the hot tub outside the massage room.
And the mineral spring baths are in this building. There are four outdoor tubs as well. I like to use the outdoor tubs, but Guy likes to have more privacy. There are two tubs in each room, and a door you can latch shut.
This is how they work.
The tub fills to overflow, and the water runs into the creek below.
"The carbonation after three or four minutes dramatically dilates the body's capillaries and gives the bather a feeling of warmth and peacefulness. Tranquility follows and usually the bather begins to gently float in the bath. Due to the unique properties of the water the bather's skin is softened in the water and feels much like a baby's."Link.The warm spring water is just above body temperature; cozy in winter cold and refreshing in summer heat. (The hot tub in the first picture is kept much warmer.) And there's also an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
I took a casual walk in the late afternoon light.
Taricha rivularis, Red-bellied newt. They were everywhere, heading away from the water as the sun went down.
I had to watch where I was going lest I step on one. They move slowly.
There was a lot going on close to the ground. Native Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana) rejuvenated by fall rains.
If I had fewer ethical restraints, I would have picked up all this beautifully rotting wood and put it in my garden.
I could have walked for hours, but it was getting late.